Cruel Is the Night

Cruel Is the Night

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"Prizewinning Finnish author Karo Hamalainen's English-language debut is a literary homage to Agatha Christie and a black comedy locked-room mystery about murder, mayhem, and morality in our cynical modern world. Three cell phones ring in an opulent London apartment. The calls go unanswered because their recipients are all dead. Earlier that night, four Finnish friends meet for dinner. It's been ten years since the host, Robert, has seen his once-best friend, Mikko. The two had an ideological falling-out because Robert, a banker, made millions off of unethical (but not illegal) interest rate manipulation. Mikko, meanwhile, is an investigative journalist who has dedicated his career to bringing down corrupt financiers and politicians. Mikko's wife, Veera--with whom Robert once had a secret affair--and Robert's young trophy wife, Elise, are also joining the fray. Mikko has arrived in London with an agenda and thinks he's about to get away with murder, but he has no idea what's on the menu for the night: not only does every diner have a bone to pick with another, but there's an arsenal of deadly weapons hiding in plain sight. And by the end of the night, there will only be one survivor"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781616956813
161695681X
Branch Call Number: F HAMAL-K
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Witesman, Owen - Translator

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 15, 2019

RATING: 3 STARS
2017; Soho Crime/Soho Press
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I requested this book as it had the the tagline "homage to Agatha Christie" and I am a big fan of classic or classic-esque mysteries. Maybe I was too excited at the prospect and it just fell short of those expectations. I listened to this one on audio and raised the star level by one. The production was done really well - it felt like a play and i really enjoyed the start of the novel - the way the plot was set up. Then I lost a bit of interest in which character lived or died (which is so mean to say, I know). And, the end just made me bring it down a star, so thank gawd I listened to it on audio. I think had I read this novel, I would have given up on it or felt like the ending wasted my reading time. For me it was the style and the twists seemed more important than the story...but I was not a fan of Gone Girl so if you enjoyed that book you may like this one.

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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gailjackman
Aug 25, 2017

This is the only novel I've read from this author and it was very different as told from four different views. The ending was to be expected if one very closely read the little details throughout the book. I recommend this book because it's psychologically smart thriller and also heartbreaking.

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vicreader
Jun 27, 2017

As a Finn, I thought this book might be interesting to read. Unfortunately, I failed to understand the critics' praise of this writer's work. Maybe it is better in the original Finnish. The plot itself is intriguing enough but the writing itself does not deliver. Mundane rants by the main character do not add to the story line but merely bore the reader into submission.
Forcing myself to finish the book was a story in itself. Wouldn't recommend this one.

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Mardee41
Jun 22, 2017

I have been a fan of Agatha Christy for years. Unfortunately I fail to see the correlation between her stories and this one. I managed to get through half the book and gave up, it simply was too bizarre for my tastes. I read the ending but even then didn't "get" whatever the author was trying to say.
I don't want to discourage someone from reading this story. It was well written and all, it simply was not to my taste in stories. I didn't see the humor that was suppose to be portrayed.

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